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08-10-2013

U 23 WOMEN WORLD CHAMP.: ARGENTINA 0 JAPAN 3

Tijuana, Mexico, October 8, 2013 – Japan improved their win-loss record to 4-0 in Pool B with 10 points following a straight-set victory (25-19, 25-16, 25-19) over Argentina at Baja California High Performance Center on Tuesday afternoon. It was a total team-effort for the winners who had Saori Takahashi and Sarina Koga as their main producers with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Haruyo Shimamura added 9 tallies while Nozomi Ito and Miku Benoki chipped in with 8 points apiece.

Virginia Granado and Tanya Acosta collected 12 and 10 points, respectively, as top scorers of Argentina.

Japan held an 11-4 advantage in the blocking charts and a slight 4-3 margin in aces. The winners made 9 unforced errors compared to 23 by the losers.

Spike by Haruyo Shimamura and Saori Takahashi broke a 6-6 tie in the first set sending Japan to an 8-6 lead. The Asian team increased the distance to 16-11 at the second stop and went on to win by a comfortable 25-19 margin. Sarina Koga had 5 points while Nozomi Ito and Miku Benoki each contributed 4 points.

A balanced attack capped by the block by Shimamura against Antonela Fortuna sent Japan to an 8-4 advantage in the second set. Spike by Virginia Granado and block by Antonela Curatola closed the gap to 9-7. A bomb fired by Tanya Acosta put Argentina within one-point distance but Japan reacted with a big rally combined with Argentinean errors for a 16-10 score. Japan took the second set 25-16 when Takahashi landed her spike.

In the third set, Argentina came out with extra energy to lead 8-5 at the first technical time-out. The South Americans expanded the margin to 11-7 behind Granado, Acosta and Bulgarella. Ito attacked and Shimamura blocked Zabala to reduce the difference to 14-11. Consecutive blocks by Takahashi against Curatola and Zabala tied at 15-all and Yurie Nabeya fired a kill impossible to stop for a 16-15 score in favor of Japan. When play resumed, Takahashi scored with spike and block for a three-point lead at 18-15. The third set finished at 25-19.

Once again Japan established their quick offence combined with outstanding field defence to collect another victory, this time against Argentina whose coach Guillermo Caceres was marvelled by the skills and way of play by the Asian team.

Press Conference:

Kanami Tashiro, Captain of Japan: Argentina has good blocking and we had to find ways to penétrate it. With the fast game we were able to do it and finally got the points to close the sets. We need to improve our tactics for the next matches.

Antonela Curatola, Captain of Argentina: They dominated the game for the most part of it. Their fast attack and great defence were the difference.

Shigetazu Okubo, Coach of Japan: I learned much from the great coaches of Argentina like (Julio) Velazco. I don’t know them but watched a lot of videos. I am a follower of the Argentinean school of volleyball. The girls of Argentina are going to improve as we will do also.

Guillermo Caceres, Coach of Argentina: Japan is a great team, they know how to make the points and play with a lot of patience. It is really enjoyable to watch Japan playing. We tried to force with our serves and because of that we missed a lot. In the third set, they made some errors and the score was close but they recovered their form and won it.

Rank

Team

Pts

PJ

PG

PP

1

Japan

10

4

3

2

Dominican Rep.

7

3

2

1

3

Turkey

5

3

2

1

4

Italy

5

3

1

2

5

Argentina

3

4

1

3

6

Mexico

3

3

PHOTOS FIVB

RESULTS (Local time)

05-Oct 21:00 DOM-ARG 3-0 (14-25, 18-25, 16-25) Statistics - P2

06-Oct 23:00 MEX-ARG 0-3 (24-26, 21-25, 21-25) Statistics - P2

07-Oct 19:00 ARG-TUR 0-3 (20-25, 20-25, 19-25) Statistics - P2

08-Oct 19:00 ARG-JPN 0-3 (19-25, 16-25, 19-25) Statistics - P2

09-Oct 19:00 ITA-ARG

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